Wow!!! What a year. I can not believe how much I have grown in quilting and how much Happy Quilting has grown. Thank you to all of you amazing readers that have made this year so incredibly fun for me. I just love making new friends through this amazing online community.
So now let's quickly review 2011. On December 31, 2010 I listed some goals here of the things I wanted to accomplish with my quilting in 2011. Now I get to see how I did :)
Goals for 2011
1 - Participate in a Bee (which I have already signed up for but sometimes it is fun to write things that are easily checked off :) Check - And I loved every minute of it. So much so that I created 2 Bees for 2012
2 - Participate in a Swap (I have never done this, any suggestions on good ones would be appreciated :) Check - I participated in the post-sewing Summit Swap and just signed up fot the Name Game Swap starting in 2012
3 - Learn how to Paper Piece Semi Check - I did one Bee Block paper pieced and learned the basics, but I would like to learn a lot more.
4 - Learn how to Curve Piece Semi Check - I took a class on improv piecing where I learned how to do gentle curves but i have yet to tackle some drunkard path type curves.
5 - Be a guest blogger on other sites. (I have done this once at Stash Manicure and loved it) Major Check - I guest blogged quite a lot at several blogs and really had a lot of fun with it :)
6 - Make a pillow or 2 (I need to branch out a little and I sew love the Cathedral Window pattern) - Check - I made my first pillow cover for Fat Quarterly, but I still want to try and mke some more including the Cathedral Window :)
7 - Host a Quilt-A-Long (a little scary, but I really think it would be fun, with a little stress mixed in, lol)
Check - I actually hosted 2 and I think both were very successful. I need to start planning another one.
8 - Continue designing for the Moda Bake Shop (I just love this so much, It is a definite keeper :) (And since I already have a project lined up for January I can check this off the list, Yippee Skippee) - Major Check - Me and the Moda Bake Shop are great friends, and I just love seeing your versions of my designs.
9 - Use up more of my ever growing Stash. I can't believe how quickly it is growing :) - Negative Check - It has probably doubled or more in size :)
10 - Last but not least, and I waited for last to write it because it scares the pants off of me. . . . Get a design published in a magazine. (I think I can, I think I can, I think I can :) - Semi Check - If you have read this far you now get in on a little secret. I have a quilt pattern that will be published in a magazine in spring 2012. Squeal!!!! So it wasn't quite in 2011, but all the work was done then. If I knew how long the process took I would have started earlier in the year :)
So all in all, I am feeling pretty great about the Quilting year of 2011. It has been such an amazing ride. And so now let's look forward to 2012. I am so excited for 2012 in Quilting. I have a few things that I am just so excited about that are already in the works and a few secrets that I just can't wait to share. So let's get to some goals for where I hope 2012 quilting will take me :)
1 - Create some form of a blog hop. These are always so much fun and I think I can figure out how to run one :)
2 - Host 2 more Quilt-A-Longs, at least. I so loved having so many amazing quilter's sewing right a-long with me. I really want to make sure I leave time to do that again.
3 - Work on some of those Semi-checks from 2011 ie . . .curved piecing, paper piecing, and pillows
4 - Write some more patterns. I have several planned but plans don't always equal product :)
5 - Make some videos on free motion quilting. I just have to get over the fear of my voice on tape.
6 - Teach a class. Doesn't matter where, or to how many to ,preferably fewer, as the idea sort of scares and excites me at the same time.
7 - Start teaching my daughter to quilt. She is starting to show some interest and I want to make sure I set some time aside for her.
8 - Design and create for my family. Is it crazy that I made so many quilts in a year and only 1 of my children have a quilt I made for them on their bed?? (Although I have 2 in progress :) I want to focus on making these works of love for the people I love.
9 - Make Christmas Stockings for my family. Now that we know our family is not going to grow anymore I have no excuse not to make us a matching set of stockings.
10 - Keep Balance!!!! I want to really try to make sure I am on top of things enough to keep quilting time to nap time and bed time so that it doesn't interfere with family time.
So here it goes!!! Bring on 2012!!!! I can't wait!!!!!